JIMMY MISTRY: “I’m not eyeing the BPP with ambition”

Friend of Parsi Khabar and freelance writer Shernaaz Engineer interviews Jimmy Mistry.

Jimmy Mistry should have had an identity crisis by now, because he’s so many different things to so many people. To some he is the flashy guy who flaunts his fancy cars and goes over-the-top with his extravagance! To others he is a bawa Barack, the youthful agent of change, who organises friendship rallies and Gary Lawyer dinner-and-dance nights at the Dadar Gymkhana (like he has this Sunday).

Still others see him as a spendthrift and allege he is sometimes in financial straits. Yet, for many, he is a philanthropist who has dug into his pockets time and again, to support a slew of causes adopted under the umbrella of his Parsi Resource Group (PRG), where many volunteers come forward to work with him for the uplift of the community.
Will the real Jimmy Mistry please stand up! Well, the only way, is to let him have his say…

Why do you want to become a BPP Trustee?
I desperately want to bring change into the community. Let us understand one thing. I don’t need the BPP to get anything going for me. I have too much going for me already, whether it is on the work front or with PRG. But given my ability to drive things to a logical conclusion, I can shake, rattle, roll, push and even kick people into action, in order to make things happen. It doesn’t make sense for me to put my time into it otherwise. I intend to take over certain things and make them happen, and move in with my infrastructure if necessary to ensure that this gets done.

Any specific plans?
A cashless medical scheme across the community would be the first. According to my research, there are 50,000 plus Parsis in Mumbai. Let us assume 1000 or even 2000 of them need housing, this means barely 10 per cent of the community has a housing problem. Then why is it that housing takes up 90 per cent of our energy! My focus would be to improve the living conditions of those who have been housed.

 

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  • bakhtiar

    For once i agree leave the housing issue and look for other issues and for one this cashless medical scheme makes sense.Hope it works.

  • Byram Sidhwa

    Can anybody, Orthodox, Traditional, Reformist, Deformist tell us all the type of C H A N G E that has taken place in life an avarage Mumbai based Parsee.
    And if Housing is not important then why this Trustee has not opposed construction of Multi storied Tower at Gidrej Baug?
    Thanks in advance for a reply, if any.

  • Contradhongi.

    Dear Bakhtiar, There is no cashless Mediclaim and even our B.D. Petit Parsee General Hospital is not in the preferred Network. So forget Cashless for the moment.
    If Housing was not the priority for Jimmy, why on earth there is a rift with the Chairman on this item now?
    In 2008 he says”. Let us assume 1000 or even 2000 of them need housing, this means barely 10 per cent of the community has a housing problem. Then why is it that housing takes up 90 per cent of our energy! My focus would be to improve the living conditions of those who have been housed'” So can he explain sudden change of mind and as rightly pointed out by Byram Sidhwa some four months ago, why is he not opposing a sky scrapper at Godrej Baug?
    If cogent answers are not forthcoming then how can the members of the community elect a person whom he backs?

  • Contradhongi.

    Dear Bakhtiar, There is no cashless Mediclaim and even our B.D. Petit Parsee General Hospital is not in the preferred Network. So forget Cashless for the moment.
    If Housing was not the priority for Jimmy, why on earth there is a rift with the Chairman on this item now?
    In 2008 he says”. Let us assume 1000 or even 2000 of them need housing, this means barely 10 per cent of the community has a housing problem. Then why is it that housing takes up 90 per cent of our energy! My focus would be to improve the living conditions of those who have been housed'” So can he explain sudden change of mind and as rightly pointed out by Byram Sidhwa some four months ago, why is he not opposing a sky scrapper at Godrej Baug?
    If cogent answers are not forthcoming then how can the members of the community elect a person whom he backs?

  • RATHESTAR.

    I FEEL THAT THE PERSON WHO INTERVIEWED JIMMY MISTRY AND  PUT IT UP ON THE BLOG OUGHT TO HAVE SOME SENSE OF REPONSIBILITY TO QUESTION HIM  ON NON OBSERVANCE OF HIS TALL CLAIMS.

  • RATHESTAR.

    I FEEL THAT THE PERSON WHO INTERVIEWED JIMMY MISTRY AND  PUT IT UP ON THE BLOG OUGHT TO HAVE SOME SENSE OF REPONSIBILITY TO QUESTION HIM  ON NON OBSERVANCE OF HIS TALL CLAIMS.

  • Zerxes Dordi

    Dear Rathestar, I fully concur with you. It is the bounden duty of a Journalist to once again interview this RENEGADE ON PROMISES and seek his side/version why he has not been able to fulfill his tall promises. Forget the interviewee, the credibility  of the journalist is also apparently at stake.

  • Zerxes Dordi

    Dear Rathestar, I fully concur with you. It is the bounden duty of a Journalist to once again interview this RENEGADE ON PROMISES and seek his side/version why he has not been able to fulfill his tall promises. Forget the interviewee, the credibility  of the journalist is also apparently at stake.